What’s lake living without swimming?
Since Mike and Tracy Koleber opened Nitro Swimming in Cedar Park more than six years ago, they’ve been raising up successful swimmers. Nitro Swimming offers a variety of swim activities and teams for various ages and skill levels.
When the Kolebers opened their second 30,000-square-foot facility in 2011 in the Lake Travis area, less than three miles west of the Hill Country Galleria on Highway 71, they also continued their tradition of community support.
Some examples of this include allowing local Boy and Girl Scout Troops free use of their facilities for water certifications, as well as free use for training local fire, police and sheriff departments. “It is something that Tracy and I are very proud to provide at no cost as a thank you for what these folks do on a daily basis,” Mike Koleber said.
Here’s what else Mike Koleber had to say with regard to what he likes best about the Lake Travis area:
When meeting up for power lunches or dinners, what are your favorite Lake Travis spots to eat?
We tend to grab the kids and eat out more so on weekends. Some of our favorite places are Maudie’s (Shops at the Galleria), Los Pinos (Hudson Bend), Cafe Blue, Shades Cafe and All Star Burger. I personally enjoy grabbing a salad at Whole Foods (Bee Cave) or a quick stop at Thundercloud if pressed for time.
What’s your favorite local watering hole or coffee shop?
This may sound weird, but neither Tracy nor I drink coffee. I’d have to say Jamba Juice is my favorite morning stop if I’m looking for my fruit fix.
What are some of your favorite places to shop in the Lake Travis area?
My daughter keeps Justice in business. We enjoy walking through the Hill Country Galleria and stopping in at whatever looks inviting at the moment. Of course, it is hard to walk out of Dick’s Sporting Goods empty-handed.
At what local places have you most enjoyed live music and concerts?
We have seen some shows at The Backyard. Contrary to the reports of long lines, we found the venue to be very enjoyable and well run. We were pleasantly surprised with how intimate and close every seat is to the stage.
For someone new to the Lake Travis area, what are some must-see destinations?
I recently began cycling, and I can attest the local hills around Lakeway are tough! As for must-see, must-do things, I recommend heading into Austin and spending some time at the Bob Bullock Museum/IMAX Theatre and learn some Texas history. While down there, take in one of the Segway Tours. It’s an awesome family activity.
What’s your favorite part about living in this community?
We enjoy the fact that it really does feel like a community out here. People are friendly, they have time for each other, and everything is close by.
What brought you to the Lake Travis area?
When planning our second location, we wanted to be in between the two (Nitro Swimming locations) and be in the Lake Travis School District. We could not be happier with our choice to live here.
Photo courtesy of Nitro Swimming